The Carrie Diaries Season 1 Review “Endgame”

The Carrie Diaries Episode 6 Endgame (9)

We’re continuing out journey through the wrong season on The Carrie Diaries this week, in ‘Endgame’, and Thanksgiving has come around. Without their mom around to cook and care for the family, Carrie takes over the maternal role of the house, but the stress of cooking for a gang of hungry guests causes some serious friction for the Bradshaws.

Holiday episodes of high school shows are usually great simply because it gives us a break from the normal routine of a teenager’s life, but this show really hasn’t nailed down it’s central location yet, so that element is kind of missing in ‘Endgame’. What is good is seeing Carrie take so much on her shoulders, only to break down and ask for help from her father and sister in the end. We’ve seen her stand up for herself when it comes to her party lifestyle in New York, but now her newfound confidence and sense-of-self is featuring at home, too.

Her father should really be taking more of a lead in the household, but probably figures that he’s off the hook with Carrie around. She takes care of Dorritt most of the time so that he doesn’t have to deal with all of the pre-teen drama, but even Dorritt admits this week that Carrie has been reminding her of her mother at times. She’s naturally taken to the role of caretaker, best friend and girlfriend, but there’s only so much one person can do at a time. If she’s going to have this much stress at home, how will she ever become the fabulous, successful Carrie Bradshaw we all know and love?

At the same time, it’s a bit of a downer to watch someone struggle for 40-mintues, and the plot of a Thanksgiving feast being ruined is generally more at home in a sitcom that can cushion the blow with some jokes. Here, there is little respite aside from Maggie and Walt’s awkward dinner, and that’s not a barrel of laughs either. Maggie is worried that she hasn’t planned for her future, and must now decide whether to go to college or marry straight into a stable life with Walt (or she thinks they’re her options, anyway). The culture clash between the ‘80s and today really shows here, but it’s still an interesting dilemma for her to explore.

She at least kicks her mister to the curb, deciding that she must be faithful to Walt this time around if they stand any chance at all of making it. Things are going to get really messy once Walt’s true sexuality is revealed to the world, and I just hope that Maggie doesn’t get hurt too badly in the process. She’s been the flighty, impulsive friend to Carrie’s careful consideration thus far, but ‘Endgame’ allowed her to grow and change into a more fully-rounded character. It’s a far cry away from Dorritt, whose one-dimensionality is still annoying me. When George called her a cliché, I cheered a little bit.

Carrie has her own big choice to make: George or Sebastian? While George was the perfect boyfriend throughout Carrie’s disastrous Thanksgiving dinner, reserving judgement and being as supportive as can be, the presence of Sebastian at the episode’s end will surely confuse her. There’s still an electric flirtation there that could easily become a classic will they, won’t they couple, and his realisation that Carrie is the one he wants to confide in at moments of crisis, surely points to more development in future weeks.

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